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10 whales today!

Today was a great day on the water with 2 humpback whales and 8 northbound gray whales. There was even some nice acrobatic surface activity from the grays! Additionally on our safari we saw 2 steller sea lions, mother and pup sea otter, nothern fulmars and California sea lions. The heath and safety of passengers…

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March 13, 2020

Northern migrating Gray whales and returning humpbacks!

On Sunday this week we had a beautiful tour exploring the Monterey Bay while encountering some gray whales migrating back up to their Arctic summer feeding grounds. These guys have one of the longest migration routes of any animal, clocking up to 14,000 miles round trip.  Additionally we had some humpback whales returning from their…

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March 8, 2020

Everyday is different out there!

Can’t say it enough, every day is so different in the Monterey Bay and it’s one of the things that makes our jobs so amazing!  Today we were blessed with a couple migrating Gray whales heading north but I think everyone’s favorite, mine included was the bottle nose dolphin with her calf.  The additional pod…

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February 24, 2020

We got Grays and Humpbacks!

Always fun when we can get 2 species of whale in one trip. Weather permitting, we’ve got options. Trips available for Monday 2/24 and the upcoming weekend. ~Photos by Naturalist Kaelyn DeYoung.    

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February 23, 2020

Gray whale migration is underway!

Migration lasts typically from December to May for these Grays. They are traveling south to Mexico to have their babies in the warm waters.  We have trips every weekend- weather permitting. Come on out and do some exploring with us!     Photo credit to Naturalist Kaelyn Deyoung

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February 3, 2020

Trips every weekend now through April.

We are open year around and have trips every weekend through the winter months (weather permitting). Come out and see these magnificent animals!!  Right now there are Humpback whales, Gray Whales and even Orcas among a plethora of other marine life!  Superbowl Sunday we will be back to the dock by 1:00pm so you still…

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January 27, 2020

Most asked winter time question

The single most asked question during our winter months is, “Are there even whales around this time of year?” The simple answer is yes! We have migrating Gray whales and juvenile humpback whales as well as an occasional Blue or even Orca whale but we also have a whole lot of other things to see….

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January 9, 2020

Beautiful weather plus more of the same

What a difference a day makes! We went from clouds and gloom yesterday to gorgeous sunshine and pristine conditions today. Everything else pretty much stayed the same and we’re okay with that. Scattered juvenile humpback whales scattered throughout the Soquel hole along with an adult that is still hanging out here before heading south for…

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December 30, 2019

Humpback whales + a special surprise.

It was sunny when we left the harbor this morning but turned to chilly cloud cover once out in the Bay. Regardless of the darker sky, winds and swell kept away providing for a pleasant comfortable trip. We saw the typical juvenile humpback whales we’ve been playing with lately but what was of particular surprise…

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December 29, 2019

Heading into winter months

November treated us well as far as humpback whales remaining in the bay. The weather for the most part had remained beautiful and we witnessed some amazing sites. As we approach middle of December, moving into January and February we will be predominantly open on weekends. This is of course weather and participation dependent but…

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December 17, 2019